Director of Tennis
Roy Barth, Director of Tennis - Roy Barth has been Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for over 37 years. Roy has an outstanding tennis background as a player, teacher, professional, and administrator. He won numerous national titles as a junior player out of San Diego, California. He attended UCLA where he received a BA in Economics. As an All-American at UCLA he reached the doubles semi-finals and finals of the NCAA Championship. Barth ranked as high as #8 in men's singles and #2 in men's doubles and reached the top 50 in the world in men's singles on the pro tour.
He settled down in Charleston, SC in 1976 as Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. He currently manages two tennis centers at Kiawah with twenty-eight courts. Kiawah's tennis operation has been ranked #1 in the United States of the Top 50 US Tennis Resorts by Tennis magazine and #1 in the world by www.TennisResortsOnline.com. Barth was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as well as President of the USTA-South Carolina and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundations. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, and the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Also in 2007 the Roy Barth Family won the USTA Family of the Year award.
Barth has been a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) member for over twenty-five years. He was honored PTR Pro of the Year in 1990 and was selected as a PTR International Master Pro in 2007. He currently is serving on the PTR Board as the Treasurer.
Barth's articles have been published in Tennis magazine:
In addition, Barth has authored an instructional booklet entitled Tips For Better Tennis. In the instructional program on Kiawah Island, the pupil's past instructional concepts are complemented and not contradicted by emphasizing certain concepts he has developed, which automatically help improve one's game. Barth believes that the player must master control first, before attempting to increase power in the game. The booklet is given out to all vacationers who participate in the camps. It can also be purchased in the tennis shops.
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Jonathan is from Charleston, South Carolina. He was a top ranked junior player in South Carolina and played college tennis at the College of Charleston. Jonathan and his wife, Meredith have won two USTA National Husband/Wife Indoor titles in 2005 and 2006 during which they were ranked #1 and #2 nationally. Jonathan and his father, Roy were ranked #5 in the United States in the Father/Son division in 2002 and reached the semis of the USTA National Father/Son Clay Court Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006. Jonathan is a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and the K-Swiss Advisory Staff and is a certified teaching professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Jonathan has been with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1993.
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David is from Atlanta, Georgia where he was a highly ranked junior player. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 where he was a walk-on making the 1988 Men's Tennis Team. He is a member of the Prince Pro Team, K-Swiss Advisory Staff, and is a certified tennis professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). David has been with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1998.
Langdon is from Charleston, S.C., where he became one of the top juniors in Charleston and South Carolina. He was ranked as high as 5th in the Boy's 18's singles and No. 1 in the 21 and under singles in South Carolina. He won the City of Charleston Men's Singles Open title twice and competed in his collegiate career at Furman University where he played #3 singles and #2 doubles. Furman won the Southern Conference team title twice during Langdon's collegiate career. He was a three-time all-Southern Conference player at Furman. Also, Langdon teamed with Roy Barth to win the 50's doubles title at the 2009 Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship. Langdon has been a teaching pro at Kiawah for seven years.
Ryan is from Casey, Illinois where he played 4 years of high school varsity tennis. He made it to the state championships 3 out of 4 years. After his high school career, he then went on to play at Eastern Illinois University. He played 3 years at EIU before injuries took him out of his senior year. Ryan participated in the Father/Son National Championships with his father Bill where they teamed up to reach a top 10 national ranking. Ryan was also a member of the 2009 Charleston Professional Tennis League team. Ryan has been at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2007.
Brandon is from Casey, Illinois where he was a top junior performer playing #1 doubles and singles for his high school team, and received High School All-American Honors in 1998. Brandon played collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University for four years where he received All-Conference honors both his junior and senior year at #1 doubles and #2 singles. He has been nationally ranked as high as six with his father Bill Blankenbaker in Father/Son National Tournaments. He played #1 doubles on the USTA Men's 5.5 National Championship Team in 2007. In 2012, Brandon won the USTA Men's 30 Doubles Grass Court National Tennis Championship. Brandon has been working Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2006 and is a certified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Professional.